Oriflamme Canyon

14 April 2022 Lake Cuyamaca to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort(20 miles, +800/-3,100 feet). It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be last night, and I slept okay in my tent by the lake. I woke up in time to eat my cold-soaked oatmeal and pack up before sunrise. The first part of the…

Coyote Canyon

15 January 2022 Lower Coyote Canyon (6 miles, +500 / -500 feet). We haven’t gotten much rain in Anza-Borrego this year, so sadly there will be no super-bloom. But you can still find lots of flowers near water sources, so Half Cookie and I decided to hike Coyote Creek, which flows year-round. It’s close to…

Perseids 2021

12-13 August 2021 Sunrise Trailhead to PCT mile 55.9 and back (8 miles, +900/-900 feet). I am still nursing a tendonitis injury so I have not done any hiking lately. But I am itching to get back out there, so I suggested to Half Cookie that she and I do a very short trip to…

McCain Valley

16-17 November 2020 (10 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Now that the pandemic is raging again, my options for trips are limited.  It’s too cold and dark to go north and Cleveland National Forest is still closed.  Fortunately, Anza-Borrego is still open, so I decided to check out a corner I had never been to before: the…

Anza Escape

26 March 2020 Carrizo Canyon to Rockhouse Canyon and back (8 miles, +700/-700 feet). So we’ve been under stay at home orders for several days in California due to COVID-19, but it’s been a bit confusing about what is allowed and what is not.  Half Cookie and I have been going a little stir crazy…

Day 3: Done (again!)

Angelina Spring to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort (11 miles, +1,200/-1,400 feet). Arrrrrrgghh!  It happened again. I gave up. Yesterday was so hard.  I’ve been pushing myself way too much.  After getting to my resting point for today I just couldn’t bear the thought of another sweaty slog up a moderately-interesting canyon that I have seen…

Day 2: A Tough Climb

Inspiration Point to Angelina Spring (25 miles +4,400/-3,000 feet). Yikes what a tough day. Hot climbs in the afternoon are the worst for me. I have to do a better job coping with them. The day started out great as I awoke from beautiful sleep to gorgeous pre-dawn views at Inspiration Point. I packed up…

Day 1: Salton Sea (again!)

Salton City to Inspiration Point (28 miles, +1800/-600 feet). Today was take two on my sea-to-sea hike. Only this time I cached more water and then spent the day at Salton Sea with Half Cookie before heading out. What a weird place! We started out at the International Banana Museum, but it was closed (next…

Day 4: Agua Caliente County Park

June Wash to Agua Caliente County Park(5 miles, +300/-800 feet). I did not sleep well at all last night. I was always either too hot or too cold. I guess that’s what happens when you bring a 20 degree bag to a night with a low of only 50 degrees! I also think I was…